Sellout crowd packs stadium for Vancouver Titans' appearance in Grand Finals (PHOTOS)

Sep 30 2019, 10:51 am

Vancouver’s professional esports team, the Vancouver Titans, took part in the 2019 Overwatch League (OWL) Grand Finals this past weekend.

The championship match took place in Philadelphia and showcased the two best teams in the league, facing off in a best-of-seven game format.

The Titans, who had the chance to win a championship title in their inaugural season, played against the San Francisco Shock, their league rivals. The Shock claimed the championship and $1.1 million, while the Titans had to settle for the $600,000 second-place prize.

A sellout crowd filled with esports fans from around the world flooded the Wells Fargo Center – the home of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers – not only cheering for the two teams but celebrating the game of Overwatch and the magnitude of the event.

Before the match began, a fan festival was hosted in the concourse complete with tons of activities and photo-ops. Fans donned their favourite teams’ jerseys, Overwatch apparel, and even costumes of characters in the game.

A number of celebrities were caught in attendance as well, including NFL cornerback Richard Sherman (who rocked a Titans jersey), professional skateboarder Stevie Williams, and actor Dylan Sprouse.

Once attendees filtered into the arena, the atmosphere was as loud and lively as a traditional sporting event. Not to mention, the Grand Finals included a pre-game performance by Zedd, as well as a surprise appearance by Kehlani.

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Here are some of the best moments of Sunday’s festivities — and rest assured, there were plenty of fans showing Vancouver some hometown love.

 

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